Compiled by experts on Parker, this CD issue contains six sessions by Parker’s vintage 1945-1948 band, featuring two young musicians who were his best and most efficient collaborators (Miles Davis and Max Roach), plus two pianists who left their mark on the evolution of Bop (Bud Powell and John Lewis). The first session also features Dizzy Gillespie playing piano. As a result, we get some of the most authentic and meaningful samples of the new style: “Meandering” (inspired on “Embraceable You”), and, particularly, “Now’s The Time”, “Billie’s Bounce,” or the masterful, perfect blues “Parker’s Mood.” True landmarks in music.
CHARLIE PARKER, alto & tenor sax
MILES DAVIS, trumpet on all tracks, plus:
COLLECTIVE PERSONNEL : Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis, Duke Jordan (p), Curley Russell, Tommy Potter, Nelson Boyd (b), Max Roach (d).
Recorded in New York and Detroit, 1945-48.
INCLUDES 8-PAGE BOOKLET
01. Billie’s Bounce 02. Now’s The Time 03. Meandering 04. Donna Lee 05. Chasin’ The Bird 06. Cheryl 07. Buzzy 08. Milestones 09. Little Willie Leaps 10. Half Nelson 11. Sippin’ At Bells 12. Another Hair-Do 13. Bluebird 14. Klaunstance 15. Bird Gets The Worm 16. Barbados 17. Ah-Leu-Cha 18. Constellation 19. Parker’s Mood 20. Perhaps 21. Marmaduke 22. Steeplechase 23. Merry-Go-Round